At New Life, the new year provides us the opportunity to come together and make a renewed dedication to God through prayer and fasting. Fasting is the practice of temporarily abstaining from something you value and purposely filling that void with a greater focus on God and prayer, in order to seek the Lord for direction and guidance.
Join us each week night for 10 days, beginning on January 7th – January 18th at 7pm. We will come together for worship, prayer and dedicate 2019 to God. We can come expecting God to do the same for us as we fast with an attitude of humility and sincerity.
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Fasting creates an opportunity to be consumed in the things of Jesus’ rather than the things of this world. Instead of giving time to our daily distractions – food, social media, or TV – we immerse ourselves in worship, prayer, and Bible study.
Below are a few types of fasts to help you decide which is right for you.
The Daniel Fast
The contemporary Daniel Fast mirrors what’s mentioned in Scripture (Daniel 10:2-3). In the Daniel Fast, we put aside our desire for foods and drink and turn our attention towards Christ. The Daniel Fast recommends only eating:
• Fruits, vegetables, herbs and legumes
• Whole grains, nuts and seeds
For more detailed instructions, check out: http://www.daniel-fast.com/myrecipes/
Partial or Selective Fast
A Partial Fast involves a period of fasting or not eating food for specific times in the day. For example, you can skip breakfast each day or decide to not eat solid food from sunrise to sunset (6am – 4pm). A Selective Fast involves removing elements of your diet like sugar, caffeine, fast-food, sweets and meats from your diet.
This fast can be a great alternative to fasting food if you’re not able to do so due to your health or dietary needs. The Soul Fast is a good way to refocus certain areas of your life that are out of balance. Whatever fast you choose, do it as a sign of surrender to God for this next year of your life. As you stay disciplined and focused on Jesus throughout these next 2 weeks, we know He will move mightily in your life.
Regardless of the type of Fast you choose, the following are some suggestions for maximizing a fasting experience.
Keep your focus on your Source, not on what you’re giving up. Allow hunger pangs to serve as a reminder of just how much you really need the Lord in every area of life.
2. Limit distractions.
To hear from God, take inventory of what may be distracting from that same goal. Some music, TV/films and even possibly relationships could be working against the goal and vying for your attention.
Just as sometimes we forget to listen for the Holy Spirit during prayer, we can also forget to listen during fasting. Now that you’re focused and positioned to hear, stay attentive. Part of the Holy Spirit’s job is to tell us things we don’t know.
Prayer and fasting bring us into a deeper intimacy with God. Come each night expectant and excited at what God will speak to you!